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Create Windows Recovery Media for Your Dell Computer

Summary: Learn how to use the integrated Windows feature to create a recovery drive for Windows.

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Windows recovery drive helps reinstall Windows if your computer experiences a major issue such as a hardware failure. Windows updates to improve security and PC performance periodically, so we recommend you recreate the recovery drive annually. The recovery drive is not a system image and creating a recovery drive does not backup your personal files, settings, or applications.

Table of contents:

  1. What you need
  2. Create recovery media for your Dell computer
  3. Use recovery media to factory reset your Dell computer


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What you need

To create your recovery media, you need:

  • Your Dell computer
  • A USB drive that is 32 GB or larger.

Create recovery media for your Dell computer

To create the recovery media, follow these steps:

  1. Click Start SLN297924_en_US__1WinKey, then type "create recovery drive." Windows will provide relevant results as you type.

  2. Select Create a recovery drive.

  3. At the User Access Control prompt, Select Yes to open the Recovery Drive wizard. Keep the check box next to Back up system files to the recovery drive checked, click Next.

  4. Connect the USB flash drive to an available USB port, ensure that the drive selected is correct, then click Next.

    WARNING: This process deletes all data on the USB drive and may take two hours or more to complete. This process does not backup your personal files, settings, or programs.

Use recovery media to factory reset your Dell computer

To use recovery media to reset your Dell computer to its factory state, see Dell KB article, How to Reinstall Windows 10 on your Dell computer.

  • When files have finished copying to the drive, click Finish.
  • Remove the drive and store in a safe location.

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Last Published Date

09 Jul 2024



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